Lauren was first drawn in by the community and adventure of climbing and expeditions when she moved to Colorado from her home state of Washington. Since then, she has passionately pursued spending time learning and teaching in wild spaces. Before coming to Alpine Ascents she worked with Outward Bound for seven years in many capacities, leading expeditions in Colorado, Alaska, Ecuador, Utah, and California. Personal climbing trips have taken her across the world to places such as Argentina, Thailand, Mexico, and Canada. Lauren values the authentic relationships that can be cultivated quickly in the backcountry, and the perspective that trying hard in the mountains brings. When not in the mountains Lauren can usually be found in the desert, drinking coffee, rock climbing, biking, drawing, or catching up with loved ones.
Take 5 with the Guide
If you could only take one album on an expedition…
Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
Making coffee without getting out of bed
Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
Cracklin’ Oat Bran (I know it sounds lame, but it’s delicious)
What was your first mountain? When did you climb it? Who were you with?
I climbed “The Tooth” in a webbing swami belt (ouch)
When you’re not guiding?
I’m a desert rat
Mt. Rainier via various routes
Mt. Baker via various routes
Nunataks on the Harding Icefield, AK
Denali via West Buttress
Grand Teton, WY
Castleton Tower, UT
Paisano Pinnacle, WA
Cutthroat Peak, WA
Crestone Needle, CO
Wilderness First Responder / CPR
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AIARE Level I
AIARE Companion Rescue